Veiled Stinkhorn - Phallus indusiatus on Flickr.
Tom Murray (Guyana Fungi)
Native to Australia, the finger lime(Citrus australasica) is a rare rainforest tree from the Australian east coast. The finger lime holds globular juice vesicles which have been likened to a “lime caviar “, which can be used as a garnish or added to various recipes. The fresh vesicles have the effect of a burst of effervescent tangy flavour as they are chewed. The fruit juice is acidic and similar to that of a lime.
Western Redcedars (Thuja plicata)
… are among North America’s largest trees. They can reach diameters of 10-13 ft (3-4 m) and heights of 213-230 ft (65-70 m), though they are still typically only one-third the volume of Giant Sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum).
Large individuals may be many centuries old. One in British Columbia was estimated at around 700 years old when it was destroyed by vandals; when it fell, it was so massive the impact effectively dug its own “grave”. Redcedars are reknowned for their timber.
They have high-quality wood with few knots, but what makes them especially appealing is Thujaplicin, a chemical that occurs naturally in mature trees and functions as a fungicide, preventing rot. The anti-fungal chemicals remain effective for up to a century after the tree is harvested.
Shown is the Kalaloch Redcedar of Olympic National Park in Washington, which was the third-largest known individual of the species until it was destroyed in a storm earlier this year.
photo by woodleywonderworks on Flickr
(via: Peterson Field Guides)
The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.– Stephen Jay Gould (via laboratoryequipment)
Common Mullein (by Dendroica cerulea)
– Noam Chomsky (via noam-chomsky)
When a language disappears, a lot is lost.A language is a repository of cultural wealth. Each language is a way of understanding and interpreting the world.
It carries the wealth of tradition in history, oral history, which can be extremely rich. Take the Bible, for example. For thousands years, that was oral history, before anything was written down. Homer is oral history.
And that’s all over the world. And we’re losing those treasures every time a language disappears.
And for the people themselves, they’re losing their identity. If English disappeared, we would lose our cultural identity, and the same is true if it’s a small group somewhere.